'Adultcon' takes over Los Angeles Convention Center

- "Adultcon,'' a two-day expo highlighting the business side of sex - including "porn stars of'' tomorrow and "mega stars of today'' - concludes Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The "adult lifestyle convention,'' is described as ``the playground for adults where you have the freedom of indulging yourself in erotic adventures without shame.''

Thousands of porn fans have filled the convention halls for the first day of the annual "erotic, naughty and provocative adult fan fair'' that was first held in 2001. The event continues today from to 1 to 8 p.m. Tickets are
$40, but``VIP'' passes are available for $50 and include admission to the "ultra lounge'' and "relaxing massages.''

Organizers said "only small 'home style' hand-held video cameras are allowed,'' and that while professional media representatives are welcome, "Adultcon is the most difficult expo to get a media pass to.''

Despite the numerous racy promises on the event website, organizers insisted it's "not a porn convention, it is an adult expo.

"Maybe you are a little nervous, just not sure if this kind of show is for you,'' organizers said.

They call it a "unique, adult consumer show and shopping experience that has been growing and expanding since 2001.

"Marketed also to women and couples, Adultcon offers a safe yet titillating environment dedicated to entertaining and educating you on all aspects of sex and sexuality,'' according to the website.

"Enjoy fantastic stage shows and learn new sex 'how tos' and tips from our exhibitors. Shopping provides for great deals and the newest, hottest toys and products.''

The atmosphere is 30,000 square feet of downtown Los Angeles convention center space filled with the "thumping beat of the music by our official DJ while you shop and meet the adult entertainers,'' organizers promised opportunities to "get up close to watch burlesque, hot models, strippers, bondage demos and more.''

Shopping includes "knowledgeable exhibitors who know their sex toys, lingerie and adult products.''

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